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Thursday, August 10, 2017 12:39 pm

Sen. Long endorses Messer in GOP primary

Niki Kelly | The Journal Gazette

Fort Wayne Republican Sen. David Long threw his support Thursday behind U.S. Rep. Luke Messer in what is turning into a tough GOP primary for the U.S. Senate seat held by Democrat Sen. Joe Donnelly.

Long, who runs the Indiana Senate, said he has known Messer, R-6th, for many years, including as a young and talented member of the Indiana House.

“Now Luke has announced he is running for the United States Senate. While the Republican Party is blessed to have a number of candidates interested in the seat, I believe Luke to be the absolute best person to effectively represent the interests of all Hoosiers in the US Senate," Long said in a statement.

The endorsement came a day after U.S. Rep. Todd Rokita, R-4th, threw his name in the ring for the seat as well.

"At a time when seemingly nothing gets done in Washington and partisanship is more important to some than country, Luke Messer is the type of strong yet thoughtful conservative who can help break through the quagmire of inaction and put the interests of our state and nation first," Long said.

So far six Republicans have joined the fray for the seat.